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The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 October 2012 (USA)
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.



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Credited cast:
Himself - Narrator / Interviewer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Alexander ...
Herself - Author, The New Jim Crow
Mark W. Bennett ...
Himself - U.S. Federal Judge (as Hon. Mark Bennett)
Himself (archive footage) (as Joseph Biden)
Michael Bien ...
Himself - Civil Rights Attorney
Charles Bowden ...
Himself - Investigative Reporter
Mike Carpenter ...
Himself - Chief of Security, Lexington Corrections
Betty Chism ...
Herself - Kevin's mother
Michael Correa ...
Michael Correia ...
Himself - Commanding Officer, Narcotics (as Lt. Michael Correia)
Eric Franklin ...
Himself - Lexington Corrections Center (as Warden Eric Franklin)
Glendon Goldsboro ...
Himself - Providence Police (as Lt. Glendon Goldsboro)
Maurice Haltiwanger ...
Himself - ID# 03678-029
Carl Hart ...
Himself, associate professor of psychology, Columbia University
Elzie Hooks ...
Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center


From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

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The war on drugs has never been about drugs. See more »




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$16,453 (USA) (5 October 2012)


$210,752 (USA) (8 February 2013)

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Written by Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry Casey) and Richard Finch
Published by EMI Longtide Music
Performed by Knightsbridge
Courtesy of Countdown Media
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Good look at the pros and cons of the drug war, it feeds off of class, race, culture and society.
14 November 2012 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

No matter what side of the drug war your on even if you want legalization or the total ban of all drugs, one thing for sure it's an interesting and tough topic that splits many. "The House I Live In" the eye opening new documentary from Eugene Jarecki looks at the many sides of U.S. drug policy and how it interacts and feeds off one another from the street dealer to the narcotics officer to the inmate and federal judge. It's true that the use of illegal drugs has destroyed many countless lives, yet still the media, and political people have overblown the drug problem into a money making business. Making the jobs of law enforcement employees very hard as much of their focus is now on fighting drugs instead of trying to solve more important crimes like murder. And the lock up rate has grown crazy as the U.S. now has 25% of the world's prison population. It's an easy game lock up someone quick and easy for a drug possession crime and spend more tax payer money build more prisons and more lock ups as prison and crime is now a money making machine that makes a job for someone. As evidenced from the correctional officer that was interviewed during this doc.

Even more revealing is how Eugene Jarecki examines the history of drugs and how it's always been more the case that the poor and those that are black will be arrested for drug crimes. It's clear that many that live in a race and culture of downtrodden ridden history and black have simply became a statistical number for law enforcement to arrest. All while politicians on both side profit and get fat from fighting the drug war. Clearly they don't understand they need to stop locking people up for small drug offenses to save prison space for more serious criminals. Overall good doc that questions the way we are handling business in fighting the drug war it's educational and thought provoking no matter what your stance on the drug policy is.

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